Le Amiche (The Girlfriends)

Based on a novella by Cesare Pavese, this early work from the legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni chronicles the lives and loves of a group of woman defining their place in post war Italy. The film follows Clelia (Eleonora Rossi Drago), who has returned to Turin to work for a high end fashion house.

Art Screening previously on at ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 27 August 2016 to Sunday 28 August 2016

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Published by anonymous on Thursday 21 July 2016.
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Falling in with a group of upwardly mobile men and women, she finds herself slowly getting lost in an endless parade of parties, affairs and deceptions.

Le Amiche is an unexpected delight and lays the groundwork for the Italian auteur’s masterful studies in modern alienation and ennui, L’Avventura (1960) and L’Eclisse (1962). What really surprises though is the fresh look at young, modern Italy’s transitioning from the poverty and austerity of WWII to a country slowly rebuilding society and the economy.

Although Antonioni doesn’t shy away from what is lost in this transition, he explores the hope glimmering on the horizon.

Martin Scorsese is the Founder and Chair of The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1990, dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore nearly 700 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world.

The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 26 films from 19 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema.

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.